What used to be there? Old businesses and buildings around

Salisbury Market Place.

Have you ever wondered what used to be in Debenhams (even before Style and Gerrish) or how old the buildings in Oatmeal Row really are? This talk will take you back to a time of Turkish Baths, cutlery makers to the Royal Family and the incredible range of local trades, which once thrived around Salisbury Market Place.

Geoff is an active member of Salisbury’s Fisherton History Society with a keen interest in studying the city’s lost family businesses. His illustrated talk aims to bring to life some of the local firms that once operated here – from the Georgian and Victorian eras through to the post-war years.

Talk Part 1 - 1919 Salisbury Peace Pageant.
(Talk Part 2 will be on Sunday August 25th at the White Hart Hotel)

Celebrating the centenary of the biggest children's pageant ever seen, the 'Salisbury Peace Pageant'. with rare photographs and film footage we'll explore the build-up to the pageant which featured the guiding hand of Father Time over 16 pageants of historic scenes and a parade of 4,000 children from Salisbury and the surrounding towns and villages.

Neil Leacy has lectured to various History Societies and groups specialising in old Salisbury film footage. Neil will also be MC at various events during this year’s festival.

Salisbury Crime and Punishment.

From the Whipping Post, Pillory and the Stocks in the Market, to the places of confinement complete with arm shackles, leg irons and the ball & chain! This presentation looks at Crime and Punishment in Old Salisbury.

Let Timezone’s historical researcher and tour guide Matt Pike lead you through an edited history of justice in Sarum.

Further tales from Salisbury Healthcare History.

Lesley Self from ArtCare, the charitable art service at Salisbury District Hospital, presents the historical archives held at the hospital.  Their collection ranges from the 1760s to present day and include the General Infirmary, Odstock Hospital and many other sites around Salisbury.   The artefacts and archives provide a fascinating insight into medicine, healthcare and social history of the city for the past 250 years.

In December 2015, ArtCare were successful in a Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards sorting, recording and sharing the historical archives – since then more stories and objects have come to light; hear about the latest finds, facts and features from their collections.


Lesley Self has over 17 years experience working for ArtCare as exhibition organiser and permanent collection curator. Lesley is the ArtCare lead for dementia environments, ICU, Hospice, Quiet Rooms & Courtyards and History archive projects.

Originally training as a visual artist Lesley followed up with BA Humanities, Art History and English Literature from Open University and Bournemouth University MA Museums and Collections Management.

Lesley is also Director of Hampshire Open Studios and Trustee for Cranborne Chase Landscape Trust. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time gardening and outdoors volunteering with Dorset Wildlife Trust.


The Schools Writing Competition Winning Entry.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Mr. John Walsh, will be reading out the winning entry and awarding the prizes.